James 5:16 tells us to “confess your faults one with another.” There are several benefits in doing this.
One is that it shows we are human and not perfect. We all are born with human bodies and minds that are susceptible to faulty behavior. Even the best may say something that offends without meaning to or planning on it. Even the best can trip and fall into someone else.
Another benefit is that it teaches us humility. It is a humbling experience to admit a fault or failure to another person, particularly if it is against them. It also gives us an avenue of accountability, especially if we make arrangements ahead of time to share them with an accountability partner.
The last benefit I want to mention is that when we confess, there is a releasing of burden that can be a result of unconfessed sin.
Most times, the problem is not that we don’t know that confession is a good thing — first to God and then to our fellow mankind — but we think it’s a good thing for others rather than ourselves to practice it. When we see or hear that confession is good for the soul, we think it’s good for someone else’s soul.
What we need to do is admit there are times we need to confess and that we have wronged others — again, sometimes unintentionally. We are not responsible for what others do, but we are responsible for what we do. Like the songwriter of long ago penned, our attitude should be, “It’s me, it’s me, oh Lord, standing in the need of prayer. Not my brother, not my sister, but it’s me, oh Lord, standing in the need of prayer.”
Is there something you need to confess, something that the Holy Spirit of God is speaking to you about?